Headlines: 29th August 2015

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‘The president of Palestine is to spend more than £8million on a luxurious new palace complete with landscaped gardens – as the struggling territory continues to slip deeper into poverty.

The sprawling estate will span an area the size of FOUR football pitches and has been deemed a “national priority” by the government of Mahmoud Abbas.

It will include a 4,700-square-metre guest palace and two helipads, alongside a 4,000-square-metre administrative building.

The total land area being swallowed up by the audacious building project is 27,000 square metres.’


Read more: Palestine to build an £8million presidential palace as thousands struggle to eat



‘Israeli soldiers have always been notorious for their brutal attacks against Palestinian civilians, especially children. The photos released on Friday have once against testified to the ferocity and savagery of the regime’s armed forces. However, they also depict the commendable courage of the Palestinian women in the face of Tel Aviv’s cruel inhumanity, bearing witness to the fact that the oppressed Muslim nation will never forgo pursuing its inalienable rights.

Israeli armed forces attacked Palestinians during a protest against Tel Aviv’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah on Friday.’

Read more: Palestine women overpower Israel soldier bare-handed and rescue boy: Photos


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‘The U.S.-backed Ukrainian Armed Forces, on Wednesday August 26th, resumed their all-out war against the breakaway Donbass region, according to an announcement on August 27th by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Deputy Commander, Eduard Basurin. Donetsk is the largest city in Donbass — the region that broke away from Ukraine after the February 2014 U.S. coup in Kiev, which threw out the democratically elected Ukrainian President, for whom the residents of Donbass had voted over 90%.

If this apparent re-invasion of Donbass by U.S.-backed forces is true, it would flagrantly violate the Minsk II Agreementthat Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande had achieved, and that the warring parties had signed, six months ago, on February 11th.’

Read more: Obama’s Ukrainian Forces Break Minsk Agreement: Resume Invasion


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‘Two days after standing up in a Westminster hotel and sensationally revealing the names of eight public figures linked to a police investigation into historic child abuse, Harvey Proctor is back home in Leicestershire and speaking with ill-concealed fury about the events of recent months.

There is no doubt that his extraordinary 90-minute press conference at St Ermin’s Hotel has caused an almighty row, after the former Tory MP named himself as one of those accused of being involved in the murder of three boys, and the sexual abuse of many others in the Seventies and Eighties.

Proctor disclosed that detectives questioned him for almost eight hours over claims that he was part of a gang that abused the boys. He said he was falsely accused of knifing, raping and strangling one victim.’

Read more: As he’s accused of being in an abuse gang that murdered boys, defiant ex Tory MP Harvey Proctor says… Child sex lies have cost me my job and my home


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‘Four members of an alleged human-trafficking gang have been arrested over the deaths of 71 migrants found rotting in an abandoned truck on an Austrian motorway.

The victims included eight women and four children – the youngest a girl between one and two years old and three boys aged eight to ten.

Many of the bodies had decomposed, suggesting they had been dead for several days in the back of the air-tight refrigerated lorry that usually carried frozen chicken.

Authorities initially estimated the death toll at 20 to 50, but raised it after towing the truck to a refrigerated warehouse and counting the bodies.’

Read more: Death truck had no air vents and its doors were wired shut: Shocking details emerge of how 71 migrants died in lorry abandoned on Austrian motorway as police arrest three ‘people traffickers’


‘Three Al Jazeera journalists have been convicted for “spreading false news” and jailed for three years following a retrial in Egypt.

Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted on Saturday as friends and family watched in anguish in a court in Cairo.

Mr Fahmy and Mr Mohamed were in court to hear the verdict. Mr Greste, who was deported to Australia earlier this year following intense campaigning from family and international observers, tweeted his distress over the verdict.’

Read more: Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years for ‘spreading false news’ in Egyptian retrial



‘A study which was cited by public health officials when they advised that vaping was safe, was funded by the e-cigarette industry, it has emerged.

Last week Public Health England (PHE) launched a report encouraging Britain’s eight million smokers to switch to e-cigarettes stating that they are 20 times less harmful than traditional cigarettes.

They called for e-cigarettes to be prescribed on the NHS claiming that vaping was 95 per cent safer than smoking tobacco.

But now it has emerged that their report relied on a 2014 study that was conducted by scientists in the pay of e-cigarette companies.

Writing in the respected medical journal The Lancet, health experts warn that PHE had based a ‘major conclusion’ on an ‘extraordinarily flimsy foundation’. It accused the agency of falling short of its mission to protect public health.’

Read more: E-cigarette ‘safety’ study was written by industry funded scientists, Lancet warns

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